18th January 2012
‘Life tariff’ upheld for killer of four gay men 19
4:56 PM — A man convicted of killing four gay men lost an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights yesterday to overturn the sentence which will see him die in jail.
Cuba may legalise same-sex civil unions this year 21
3:16 PM — Cuba’s first daughter, Mariela Castro, said the country’s lawmakers will consider legalising same-sex civil unions this year.
Amsterdam’s chief rabbi suspended over gay cure declaration 129
3:02 PM — Aryeh Ralbag, the chief rabbi of Amsterdam, has been suspended from his today after he signed a document alleging homosexuality could be “modified and healed".
Jeff Goldblum to play one of Glee’s gay dads 13
1:37 PM — Jeff Goldblum is to pair up with Brian Stokes Mitchell to play Rachel Berry’s parents on popular TV series Glee. The Jurassic Park actor and Broadway star Stokes will sing a duet together during their debut in a special Valentines Day episode called ‘Heart.’
LA to require condoms at porn shoots 89
1:20 PM — The Los Angeles City Council voted yesterday to introduce a rule that condoms must be worn during pornographic video shoots in the city. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the largest AIDS organisation in the world, had been fighting a battle in Los Angeles for the new regulation.
German FA head: Gay players should have ‘courage’ to come out 24
12:43 PM — The head of the German Football Association has again urged gay professional football players to come out. Theo Zwanziger spoke during a discussion on Tuesday at the Sportschule Hennef, which was centered on sexuality within professional sports.
University records 5% gay applicants 3
12:23 PM — A university in the US state of Illinois has said 5% of student hopefuls voluntarily noted they were gay, bi or trans on admission forms. Elmhurst College, based outside Chicago was the first university in the country to ask prospective students the question.
Gareth Thomas in ‘£7m shandy takeover’ 15
11:54 AM — Gay rugby icon Gareth Thomas has reportedly taken over a Welsh drinks company along a former team-mate after deliberations about his career. The manufacturer says the drink is taking the club world "by storm".
US bishops: Protect straight couples’ sacrifices with marriage 85
10:44 AM — Four Catholic bishops have said Washington state's "special" marriage laws should remain unchanged to protect the "unique sacrifices" of straight couples who have children.
Hugh Jackman backs marriage equality 3
10:06 AM — Hugh Jackman is among a number of Australian celebrities to have pledged their support to marriage equality proposals this week.
Obituary: Janey Buchan (1926-2012) 3
9:43 AM — John Hein remembers the former MEP, civil rights campaigner and patron of the arts Janey Buchan, who has died aged 85.